Not-your-mama’s oatmeal raisin cookies


Sometimes I send gifts late. I like to extend holidays and birthdays by shipping out a present a week after the occasion just to make people feel loved longer. It has nothing to do with forgetfulness or a lack of preparedness. Nothing. That’s exactly what I did with these chewy oatmeal raisin cookies; they arrived in Lucas’s dad’s mailbox the Wednesday after Father’s day just to make sure he felt loved longer than every other dad in the world.

Okay, I confess, the delay wasn’t entirely intentional. The first batch of oatmeal raisin cookies turned out like crunchy granola bars. Sure, I like granola bars as much as the next guy, but they’re not what I look for in the ideal cookie. And oatmeal raisin cookies need to be chewy, sweet, and nothing like a crumbly healthy  flavorless blob. Thanks, Martha, for that fail. I had to make the crucial decision to refrain from mailing them even though I wouldn’t have time to try again until the weekend. Best decision ever. These re-do cookies are in-cred-ible.

During Parents’ Weekend my freshman year in college, my mom brought me two plates of the most addicting cookies I’d ever eaten. I grew up with her cookies, but these were something entirely new. They were super chewy and tasted like…toffee? butter? was there oatmeal in them? Whatever they were, they didn’t last long in my dorm hall. Ever since I got a kitchen of my own, I’ve been asking her for that recipe, and she always responds with, “Hmmm, I don’t remember what cookies I made? Toffee, you say?” Then, just when I’ve given up all hope for an edible oatmeal raisin cookie, she e-mails me this recipe, “I remember you really liked these when I made them for you in college.” MOM!!! YOU’VE BEEN HIDING THIS RECIPE FROM ME FOR 9 YEARS!!! (And geez, has it REALLY been 9 years since my first year in college??). These baked treats are just as divine as I remember, and the flavor is so rich that you’ll be shocked there’s no toffee in the recipe. The results are much thinner than your mama’s traditional thick oatmeal raisin cookies, but I find each bite even more delightful. These flatter versions will never be left lonely on the plate at the end of a party like their chunky counterparts. I gotta hand it to my mama, this lady seriously knows how to make some rockin’ cookies. Lucas’s pop, Roy, gave the morsels two big thumbs up (and I’ll be surprised if there are any left!). I’m not even the least bit upset that I accidentally doubled the recipe and had to eat two dozen. By myself. In one sitting.


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  1. Tina says:

    How come I never get dessert packages from you??? I like cookies…;)

  2. Sheri says:

    They look so good!! I guess I need to make them again!

  3. I love your redesign! Congratulations on moving to your own domain too. :D I hope it all went smoothly!

    These look delicious. :) I don’t make oatmeal raisin cookies very often, but sometimes I find myself really craving them. Like right now after seeing them on your blog…

    • SnixyKitchen says:

      Haha – Thank you so much! The redesign is a long time in the making, and I’m so thrilled the have it done…finally…

  4. HI! I usually read your blog in my feed but had to come over and print this recipe! I love your new design and I cannot wait to try these cookies!! OMG! Thank yoU!

    • SnixyKitchen says:

      Thank you so much! I read this comment to my boyfriend who spent hours on the new design and it made our morning! Let me know how you like the cookies! Out of curiosity (because I’m new to this), did you have to change the RSS feed when I changed the domain or did it automatically transfer over?

  5. Linda says:

    If you have a thing about dried fruit in cookies, which I don’t, you might try a trick I just learned. Soak the raisins in the eggs for a couple of hours before making the cookies. Supposedly even raisin hater love them. These look great.

  6. Jackie says:


    Are you sure this recipe only use a 1/2 cup of raisins. That’s an awful small amount for an oatmeal raisin cookie recipe.

    • SnixyKitchen says:

      Yup! I don’t like raisins very much, so I adapted the traditional oatmeal raisin cookies to the way I like them:) In fact, I’ve left out the raisins all together from this recipe before! If you’re a raisin lover, I’m sure you’d find them just as tasty if you added a full cup, but the ones pictured above just have half a cup. Thanks for coming by!

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